The Mitsubishi Outlander is classified as a mid-size crossover and is built by Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi Motors. This vehicle was originally known as the Mitsubishi Airtrek when it was first introduced in 2001 in Japan. The overall design of the outlander is based on the Mitsubishi ASX concept vehicle which was displayed to the public for the first time in 2001 at the North American International Auto Show. This vehicle was sold at a number of Mitsubishi dealerships across Japan as the Car Plaza. The ASX was responsible for bringing this automaker into the SUV market for the first time ever.
This vehicle was originally named the “Airtrek” because Mitsubishi wanted to convey its ability to transport passengers on adventurous journeys and the words “Air” and “Trek” are combined to give consumers the sense that this vehicle is meant for carefree adventure motoring. The second generation Outlander was launched onto the market in 2005 and all of the various markets it was sold in used the Outlander name. The second generation Outlander was built on the company’s own GS platform and used various engines, which were developed by Mitsubishi, PSA Peugeot Citroen, and Volkswagen. There were two other versions of this vehicle, called the Citroen C-Crosser and the Peugot 4007, which were manufactured in Japan by Mitsubishi.
A plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander, called the P-HEV, was launched in January of 2013. There were around 33,000 units sold worldwide as of June 2014, making it a wildly popular vehicle in a variety of markets. The Outlander P-HEV was actually the top selling plug-in electric vehicle in Europe for the first half of 2014 with over 17,000 units sold. The first generation of the Outlander or Airtrek, was introduced to the Japanese market in June of 2001, available with a 126 PS 4G63 2.0 liter or a 139 PS 4G64 2.4 liter GDI engine as well as a standard INVEC-II 4-speed semi-automatic transmission.
The second generation of the Outlander came in October of 2005. The Airtrek name was dropped in Japan in favor of its international name. This vehicle uses a DOHC 2.4 liter 16-valve MiVEC engine as well as an INVECS-III continuously variable transmission and Mitsubishi’s AWC system which features electronically controlled 4-wheel drive as wlel as stability control. A stretched version of Mitsubishi’s GS platform was used in designing this vehicle and the North American version is powered by a new 6B31 3.0 liter V6 SOHC MIVEC engine.
The third generation Outlander was first introduced to the public in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show. The production version of this vehicle premiered in Russia in July of 2012 and came to a variety of European markets in September of that year. This third generation vehicle includes a plug-in hybrid variant called the P-HEV and its production model was first displayed at the Paris Motor Show in 2012. This vehicle’s 300v 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack can deliver an ell-electric range up to 60km or 37 miles with a top speed of 120 km/h or 75 mph.
As of June 2014, there were a total of 33,000 units sold in places all over the world. The most units of the Outlander were sold in Europe, comprising 17,235 units of the total amount. Mitsubishi’s first plug-in hybrid proved to be a success in a number of markets around the world, achieving impressive sales figures across the board. The Outlander is definitely one of Mitsubishi’s more popular and important vehicles ever produced because of its innovative designs that have inspired other vehicles from this automaker since it first launched.